Amir Khan hopeful of Mayweather showdown
Posted on Thursday 18th June 2015
Amir Khan in conversation with Sky Sports News reporter Fraser Dainton
Amir Khan has confirmed that he will continue to chase a September superfight with pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr, and expects a decision within the next month.
Speaking at an event hosted by the University of Bolton’s School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences, Khan said that he was hopeful of securing a bout against boxing's most coveted opponent and revealed he had spoken to Floyd Mayweather Snr as recently as last week.
‘I think we should find out in the next couple of weeks, as Floyd wants to fight in September,’ said Khan.
‘I can do September if he chooses to fight me. There is no one else out there who brings the money to the table and will give him the fight that I can.
‘When I was at the Hall of Fame last weekend, everyone was saying: "Get Floyd next, you’re the only guy that can beat him." Everyone is talking about that fight.
‘I’m trying hard for that fight, I’ve been waiting a long, long time for the fight with Floyd Mayweather. I will go to Vegas to fight him, whatever terms he wants.’
Khan recently defeated fellow welterweight contender Chris Algieri at the Barclays Center in New York by unanimous decision.
Following the fight he returned to his hometown of Bolton, to speak at the town’s university.
‘I want to do more for the community of Bolton in sport and educate them. I have the AK Academy and will work closely with the university,’ said the former light welterweight world champion.
The collaboration between AK Academy and the University of Bolton will focus on education, with Khan sharing his knowledge and experience.
University students will also have opportunity to work with the AK Academy, based in Bolton.
The School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences is situated within the state-of-the-art £31m Bolton One facility, which includes the Athlete Development Centre, the Sport and Spinal Injury Clinic, aquatic rehabilitation facilities and dedicated rehabilitation suites.
Principles of sport performance, recovery and rehabilitation are fundamental to the courses taught in the school.
All teaching staff have extensive professional experience in elite full-time sport and maintain their expertise by continuing to work with top-flight professionals.
The school has many links with leading football and rugby clubs such as Leeds Rhinos RLFC, Wigan Warriors RLFC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Bury FC, Wigan Athletic FC and Stoke City FC.